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Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Cory Vallee murder trial
Kim Bolan has been giving some pretty extensive coverage of the Cory Vallee murder trial. There has been some interesting statements made by the police informant under cross examination.
First Kim reported that "An ex-United Nations gangster denied in B.C. Supreme Court Monday that he lied about a conversation in which he says accused killer Cory Vallee admitted a role in the murder of a rival. The man, who can only be identified as D, told Justice Janie Dillon earlier Monday that Vallee nodded and smiled after D made a cryptic reference to the fatal shooting of Kevin LeClair on Feb. 6, 2009."
"But defence lawyer Eric Gottardi suggested there is no way D would have broken the UN code to ask someone in the gang about a murder. At the time of the LeClair killing, you weren’t close enough in relationship to Cory Vallee where he would tell you his real name and yet you purport to tell this court that he was close enough that he would somehow indicate to you his involvement in the murder. Is that your evidence? D replied: Yes."
OK so let's back it up here. The informant didn't even know the accused's real name. The whole testimony relies on the claim that the informant made a cryptic reference to the fatal shooting of Kevin LeClair and the acused nodded and smiled according to the police informant that was paid $300,000.00 for his testimony. That's a pretty weak case.
No offense. Kevin was a good guy who had a bad friend. He didn't deserve to die. Yet the crown's case here is awfully vague. The crown claims As Vallee sipped his soup, D said: “I just looked at him and I said `Everything went OK? And then he just kind of looked up at me and nodded and gave a smile, yep, and he just went back to eating his soup.” I don't really see that as a confession to the murder.
Kim later reported that "A former United Nations gangster admitted in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday that he lied to police for years when he was immersed in the criminal underworld.
"Gottardi pointed to instances in statements D had given to police even after he became a confidential informant in April 2009 where he had lied." Gottardi said D enjoyed manipulating police and saw his interaction with them as “a game.” He showed D a September 2009 statement in which D falsely claimed that he was not a member of the UN. “I take it you will agree with me that you have lied to the police many, many times?” Gottardi asked. Replied D: “Yes, I have over the course of my life lied to the police many, many times.”
Next "Gottardi pointed D to copies of encrypted emails he wrote to his UN pal Amir Eghtesad about a plan to rob a UN associate known as Duke. In the emails, D told Eghtesad that he was going to befriend Duke to make it easier to target him for robbery. This wasn't a rival this was an associate he was planning to rob. So the defense has established three things. First the informant is a dirt bag who planned on robbing an associate. Second that the informant is a liar who has admitted to lying to the police many many times. Third, the whole confession was so vague it really has no merit. On top of that his conclusion is the real kicker.
Lastly Kim Bolan reported that "An ex-United Nations gangster paid $300,000 to testify against his former brothers said Thursday that if he could go back in time, he would never have cooperated with police."
After the defense lawyer claimed the informant was really just in court for the money the informant replied: “And I will say sir that I would happily, if possible, pay back multiple times the money I was paid if I could go back in time and change my mind and not do this. Because I wholeheartedly 100 per cent regret it and would not recommend it to anybody.”
Well, well, well, kinda like we've said all along. If you want to leave the life just leave. Don't become a police informant. It just isn't worth it. Although Kevin was a nice guy, the court was told that he used to sell drugs for the UN but crossed over with the Swine flu when they broke off and were supplied by the Hells Angels. He was a nice guy who sold drugs and betrayed his crew for the red and white. Where's the L&R in that? It's all about the money.
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$300K for nothing. What a waste of our tax dollars. I understand the need to convict, but this is outrageous. The police/crown ought to have asked these questions before making an agreement with the "witness". there is nothing in this testimony which leads me to believe the taxpayers got their money's worth.ReplyDelete
If a person truly respects and loves their Brothers, they would not want to turn informant on them - no matter how much they realized how wrong the lifestyle was/is.ReplyDelete
They should be taking their time to help educate their Brothers and help them to understand the wrongs they are doing.
This becomes the hard part. The Brothers notice the change in behaviour of the person waking up and then begin not to trust the individual.
This then leads to the police who are closely (sometimes) monitoring the members and mark the one who is waking up as a target.
The other members may also target the person waking up - but in a more malicious way.
On one hand, the police are merely taking advantage of a person's situation - not helping them to leave to form a better life but to inform.
Now, I wonder what the gang membership numbers would be if the police actually did target those identified to be dissatisfied as potential targets to have their lives turned around and instead of making them informants, helped them to leave the lifestyle and empowered them to be able to go back and educate their former gang members as to how much better it is out of the gang and what that might do to cut down on gangs and/or their illicit behaviours?
Very interesting question. It doesn't seem the police are genuinely concerned with changing behaviour, only with getting informants to get arrests.Delete
The Gang task force did such a great job in Kelowna that the government transferred everyone competent out of the department. Now they no longer target bikers and their whole movement has degenerated into a ridiculous hugs not drugs poster campaign. It is very sad indeed.
Changing behaviour would definitely be the higher road to take and would have a longer lasting more profound effect on confronting the problem of gang violence.
While I propose changing behaviour, we must still be very cognizant of the fact a large number have no such intents - at least in the foreseeable future; those need to be punished to a more full extent than the law. (if punishing people as the current laws allow worked there would be no to very low recidivism rates - however, they are far from low)Delete
Respecting the Professional status, I would also add that the Gang Code is adhered to after the screening process for any instabilities' of Character/Personality irregularities - firstly having strong stable Criminal minds before admission.Delete
This level of mature Criminal Mind was always aware of consequences if choosing a coarse of action not from the governing heads. There is structure in the code that must be adhered to without question.
I worked the Greek Gang, and found the instabilities were part of the gangs problem by being to young and undeveloped!
Remember, the Greek Gang was sanctioned, watched and trained by the Independent Soldiers
The more unstable or violent candidates are illuminated before admission, but in their case, they were distant to superiors and HA/Red Scorpions had no time for them (to baby sit)!